Wawa Zainal

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Wawa Zainal
BornNur Hawa binti Zainal Abidin
(1991-03-12) 12 March 1991 (age 27)
Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
Occupation Actress and Model
Years active 2008–present
Height 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Spouse(s) Aeril Zafrel (m. 2013)
Children 2

Nur Hawa binti Zainal Abidin (born 12 March 1991) now known as Wawa Zainal, [1] is a Malaysian actress and model. She is best known for playing Bunga in the drama series "Ana Lu'lu".

Malaysians are the people who are identified with the country of Malaysia, its citizens and their descendants worldwide. This connection may be residential, legal, historical, or cultural. For most Malaysians, several of those types of connections exist and are the source(s) of their being considered Malaysians. Although citizens make up the majority of Malaysians, non-citizen residents and overseas Malaysians may also claim a Malaysian identity.

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Early life and career

Wawa is the eighth of eleven children, born to a hybrid Filipino-Malaysian family. Her father is a Bruneian mix with Bajau, while her mother is a Filipino Tausūg. Wawa attended school at St. Dominic. [2]

Bruneian Malay people

Bruneian Malays are a native Malay ethnic group that lives in Brunei, the federal territory of Labuan, the southwestern coast of Sabah and the northern parts of Sarawak. The Bruneian Malays are a subgroup of the larger Ethnic Malays population found in the other parts of the Malay World, namely Peninsular Malaysia and the central and southern areas of Sarawak including neighbouring lands such as Singapore, Indonesia and Southern Thailand, having visible differences especially in language and culture, even though they are ethnically related to each other and follow the teachings of Islam. All Bruneian Malays who are born or domiciled in East Malaysia even for generations before or after the independence of the states of Sabah and Sarawak from the British Empire through the formation of Malaysia in 1963 are also considered Malaysian Malays in the national census and were in the same status like the Malaysian Malays domiciled in Peninsular Malaysian states and the central and southern parts of Sarawak. They are also defined as a part of the Bumiputera racial classification together as a subgroup within the Malaysian Malay ethnic population along with the Kadazan-Dusuns, Ibans, Malaccan Portuguese and the Malaysian Siamese.

Tausūg people ethnic group

The Tausūg or Suluk people are an ethnic group of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Tausūg are part of the wider political identity of Muslims of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan. Most of the Tausugs have converted into the religion of Islam whose members are now more known as the Moro group, who constitute the third largest ethnic group of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan. The Muslim Tausugs originally had an independent state known as the Sulu Sultanate, which once exercised sovereignty over the present day provinces of Basilan, Palawan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, the eastern part of the Malaysian state of Sabah and North Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Before entering the world of acting, Wawa first went into modelling industry at the age of 12. Following a short career as a model, Wawa began work as an actress for Metrowealth (MIG), and has starred in a variety of movies and dramas produced by the company. Wawa's first role as an actor was in the film Sumpahan Kum Kum directed by Ismail Bob Hisham.



2012Sumpahan Kum KumShima
Hantu Dalam Botol KicapPuteri
Seram Sejuk [3] Rose
Budak PailangShe
3 TemujanjiAdira
Aji Noh MotorSutera
2013Pada Suatu Cinta DahuluNora
99 Kali RinduFatin Qalbie
Kisah Paling GangsterRina

TV Series

YearTitleRoleTV Network
2011Ana Lu'luBunga TV3
KlikAmanda Astro Ceria
2013Cinta QasehQasehTV3
2016Duda Terlajak LarisAnis Nabihah
Patahnya Sebelah SayapTania (Special appearance)


YearTitleRoleTV Network
2012Cinta VlogMadiha TV9
2013Serindu Taj MahalAishah TV3


YearTitleRoleTV Network
2018Ketuk Ketuk RamadhanHerself (Invited Artist) TV1

Awards and nominations

2012 Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian Most Popular Female New ArtistWon

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  1. Biodata Wawa Zainal
  2. Biodata Profile Wawa Zainal, additional text.
  3. Seram Sejuk Full Movie, Retrieved on 5 September 2012.